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Murray calls for "healthy” steel wage demand PHILADELPHIA —(FP) —Blaming “the worst inflation in our country’s history” on “the lust and greed of American business,” CIO Pres. Philip Murray served notice here that he would seek “healthy” wage increases for 900,000 steelworkers when contract talks open Jan. 1. .... • THE CHICAGO STAR, NOVEMBER 2, 19^6 CIO win at Montgomery 52-25 was the score last week, ■when workers employed by the Montgomery Company voted in Warehouse & Distribution Work ers Local 208, CIO, as collective bargaining representative. Officers of the local have call ed a special meeting of plant em ployees November 3 to discuss and ratify a proposed contract to be presented to the plant manage ment. Communists on the air The Communist Party will be on the air twice before election day. 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Murray, who is also president of the steelworkers union, re ceived a 10-minute ovation from 266 delegates representing 40,000 members of Steelworkers Dist. 7 at the opening of their 2-day con vention in Town Hall. “The workers need the money," he declared, “and the day is rapid ly nearing when our people will not have enough money in their pocketbooks to get the bare ne cessities of life. • • • “AMERICAN industry is mak ing plenty of money and dan well afford to give healthy wage in creases now without increasing the price of commodities. This na tion need not have any depres sion. If industry, through collec tive bargaining, stabilizes pur chasing power by putting higher pay in the worker’s envelope, there’s no need for any depres sion.” Murray told the delegates that current inflation “cannot be blamed on the measly wage in_- creases afforded labor in 1945 and 1946, but is attributed to the greed, lust and selfishness of AFL engineers protest Reclassification of engineers on the city payroll brought a sharp protest this week from the Tech nical Engineer and Architects As sociation, Local 90-A, an AFL af filiate, to Arthur G. Lindell, City of Chicago Budget director. The new job categories for en gineers are being approved by engineering societies and not by the working engineer themselves, Ursa C. Stringer, president of Lo cal 90-A, said in a letter to Lln dell. ‘To consult with the societies,” Stringer said, “is inappropriate since they are employer-dominat ed organizations.” The letter of fered the help of the Technical Engineers and Architects Asso ciation to “fairly evaluate a change in classification.” American industry and business." Although federal statistics showed that industry could afford wage increases “without hoisting prices to any inflationary or un reasonable levels,” he pointed cut, “strange as it may seem, when the steelworkers received their 18 yic boost, at a cost of $l4O million to the steel industry, the industry was allowed to raise prices netting $262 million.” • # # THE CIO leader also called for the defeat of reactionary con gressmen who voted for price de control, warning that if they are reelected “they not only will see that your dollar will buy less in 1947 but that you will get a good dose of anti-labor legislation.” At a press conference later Murray said the exact amount of the increase to be sought would be determined at the steelwork ers wage policy meeting in De cember. "Don’t vote on November 5" Says J. Ward Heeler: “I always have my boys out to do the voting. Why not let things go their way?” iJvgL ! By “POP” DEARBORN FDR AT SOLDIER FIELD I was overseas, stationed in the great Mediterranean city of Marseilles, when I heard about Roosevelt’s appearance in Soldier Field. It was a thrilling letter as I remember it. Reading the heart warming lines from home, it was not hard to visualize that No . vember night in Chicago. A The weather was raw "Roosevelt weather” they called it. All the approaches to the stadium were jammed for hours before the meeting. The crowds came direct from factories, stores and offices. House wives and their youngsters rode the overcrowded ~ street cars to the huge field. It seemed as if every public conveyance was stadium bound. Long before the rally started the upper tiers were filled, and the mass of people seemed li terally to spill over the brim of the stadium. When Roosevelt rode into the field, bareheaded, smiling, waving to the hundred thousand Chicagoans present, a roar went up from the throats of the people that shook the windows in the La Salle Street banks and rattled the shutters on the Gold Coast mansions. The people in their might, united and * therefore strong, proud in their strength, warm in their sense of unity, gave an inkling of the latent power • * * REACTION HAS UNITED THE NOTORIOUS Liberty League and the pro-fascist America First have merged in a new reactionary front. The many scattered poisonous growths of home-grown fascist gangs now can expect centralized financing and leadership. The budget of the G.O.P. can be expanded without limit These gentlemen of American Re-Action Incorporated are in the bucks. And it was just this week that the press reported that Senator Van denberg had the highest campaign expenditures of any congressional candidate. American Action, Incorporated, was born in Chicago. It could also be buried here . . . once labor and the anti-fascist ranks under take to recreate and maintain the unity which reached its peak at Soldier Field in November, 1944. # * • UNITY IS LABOR'S MAGIC LAMP The argument most often ad vanced to explain and justify the apathy that has character ized most of this election cam paign is that Roosevelt was lacking the gifted, dynamic, inspiring leadership of Roose velt. ‘Truman betrayed labor and took away its fighting heart” is the repeated and un deniable charge. But that leaves unanswered the more pertinent question why should labor rely on some single individual for its leader ship and will to fight? Parilc- • • • THE WALLACE rally has been a heartening reminder that la bor can give leadership not only to itself, but set the example for the entire progressive community. The largest voters’ rally in the current campaign was organized by the CIO unions In Chicago. But it was first necessary to bury the hatchet at least tem porarily between the divided CIO unions in Chicago before It was possible. What a deep well of almost untapped enthusiasm and mited effort is available for the people’s crusade for security and ,as ting peace! Think, what could have been done with the Wallace meeting had the local AFL and CIO leadership had the wisdom of their rank and file, and jointly sponsored this election rally against re action. It’s not Roosevelt that’s necessary. Labor must put into life the knowledge we all have of what will happen If American Action, Incorporated, succeeds. Labor unity must come. But H must be sought and fought for, and guarded as labor's most precious possession. Rub labor’s Alad din’s lamp of unity, and the resulting genii serving progress and peace will be more powerful than atomic energy. Start labor fontm debate series The Chicago Labor Forum an nounced this week a series es six public debates on important Is sues of the day, which will he held monthly at the YI4CA au ditorium, at 19 S. LaSalle St First of the series win trice place November 23, on “Why stored up in this giant. The colonels in their towers knew that night, as never before, that they would now have to re double their efforts to sow more discord among the people if they were to defeat them. The fear that gripped stock exchange manipulators, big packers, steel barons, railroad magnates .and grain pit gam blers that night did not result in paralysis on their part. On the contrary, it resulted in long range planning and fat budgets that have now blossomed forth as American Action, Inc. ularly since labor has tended too often to seek its leadership from the other side of the tracks. To defeat reaction and the menace es an atomic war, labor must unite with all who suffer at the hands of the avaricious and ruthless monopolies. Labor will join hands with white col lar folks, farmers, the corner grocer, and the enlightened Wal laces and Peppers. But labor had best learn to rely on Its own leadership within this coalition. Can’t You Get an Automobile?* Labor’s position will be upheld by James Wtshart, research fttrectol of the CIO United Auto Work ers, who will be opposed by Geo**e Romney es the National Automobile Manufacturers Asc£ riation. Tickets can be obtained at room 504 at 160 W. Washing- Urn, or by phone at Dearborn am.